When Hank is speaking to the local Captain Cheney, he tells him that he served in the "Great War" in the liberation of France. "The Great War" generally refers to WWI, and the Liberation of France is a term used when speaking about WWII. In 1979, Hank would have needed to be around 80 years old to have served in WWI, and his character is likely in his mid/late 60's as Ted Danson is in real life. Hank would have to be referring to WWII; in an earlier episode he tells Lou a war story that is clearly from WWII, so to call it "The Great War" is erroneous. See more
And so, we come to perhaps the bloodiest chapter in the long and violent history of the Midwest region. And here, I'm speaking of Luverne, Minnesota, 1979 - commonly referred to by laypeople as the Massacre at Sioux Falls. Readers will know that I've chosen to file this case as a Minnesota crime, even though most of the murders took place in North and then South Dakota. But I believe the key to understanding this complex and nuanced crime is to look at the butcher and small-town ...